Student examines experiment in science lab

Middle School Curriculum

Explore our Middle School Curriculum

Students at our school take advantage of a curriculum that emphasises intellectual challenge and encourages them to make connections between their learning and the real world.

It is our aim to empower students with the skills necessary for communication, intercultural understanding and global engagement.

Our middle school curriculum focuses on helping students ‘learn how to learn’: developing effective work habits, self-confidence and conceptual understanding, and building background knowledge. As students transition from childhood through adolescence, middle school offers a caring, safe and supportive environment in which students can thrive on change, prepare for high school, and establish good habits of mind for lifelong learning.

Academic Programme Overview

Our school day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:14pm. Students have, on average, eight classes in their rotating schedule, with five classes per day.

In Middle School, all students study:

  • Mathematics
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Sciences
  • English Language Arts
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Social Studies
  • World Language (French or Spanish)
  • STEAM Projects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)
  • Band
  • Chorus

In grade 5 students are enrolled in a trimester of art, drama and music. In grades 6, 7 and 8 students may select two of the following semester long courses: art, drama and music. Students in grades 5 and 6 are enrolled in a life skills class, which covers digital citizenship and maintaining a healthy life style.

Middle School classroom at ACS Hillingdon in progress

IB Learner Profile

Through our Middle School programme we have the exceptional framework that inspires students to embrace the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, and be: 

  • inquirers
  • knowledgeable
  • thinkers
  • communicators
  • principled
  • open-minded
  • caring
  • risk-takers
  • balanced
  • reflective
High school student plays the flute

Private Music Tuition

In Grades 5 - 8 there is an opportunity to take private one-to-one music lessons, on campus, through our Private Music Tuition Programme.

Some example of instruments available in the programme are violin, viola, cello, flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone, baritone, voice (singing), piano.

Private music tuition requires that on a rotating basis, students miss 30 minutes of class time per week.

Asil Al-Shammari

Service Learning

Our core values state that we enrich the international experience and engage in community. In keeping with these values, Discovery Week is five days of experiential learning with the purpose of cultivating student curiosity and passions beyond the traditional classroom.

During this time, students join an interest based group and spend the week exploring and learning about that topic. Discovery groups such as World War II, Creating a Film, London’s Food Culture, and Exploring Maths in Art allow students to delve deep into a topic of interest. The educational experiences extend beyond the classroom, with an aim to familiarise students with both the United Kingdom and wider European community.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Extra-curricular activities are an important facet of a well-balanced programme. Students need opportunities to socialise, learn new skills, and have fun with their peers. In our international community, with our students’ homes spread out over the greater London area, after school and weekend activities provide children with additional occasions to see their friends.

A selection of activities is offered Monday to Thursday for Middle School students. Some activities are from 3:30 - 4:30 while others are from 3:30 - 5:00. Parents may collect their children after an activity or the late bus service may be used.